BY Samantha Albala
on Nov 10, 2014
A successful campaign has been launched to halt Julien Blanc's international visas and effectively prohibit him from giving seminars that promote violence against women. On Thursday, he was successfully kicked out of Australia following the internet campaign #takedownjulienblanc. Today, attention has shifted toward Canada and the UK.
Just two months ago, the self-proclaimed pick-up artist Blanc posted an offensive video about what white men have the privilege of doing in Tokyo (by the way—no woman gave him permission nor did they appreciate the approach in the slightest). Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 17, 2014
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:
She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 23, 2014
This past Thursday, a federal complaint was filed against Brown University, accusing the school of violating the law by failing to expel a student found guilty of raping fellow classmate, Lena Sclove. After coming forward about the school's mishandling of her case last month, Lena's courageous battle for justice and increased awareness sparked the kind of national attention these issues deserve.
In light of this anti-violence awareness, Brown University-based publication, Bluestockings Magazine, released a new zine, SILENCE + VOICE, dedicated to exposing and contesting violence of all kinds. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 26, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.
Project Unbreakable, an organization started in 2011 by then-19-year-old Grace Brown, is an ongoing photo project that centers on survivors of sexual assault. Victims write quotes or stories from their assault on white poster board, and Brown photographs them holding the signs. The project has gained media and Internet attention; Brown herself has taken over 300 photographs, while thousands more have been submitted to the group’s Tumblr account. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Sep 25, 2013
Trigger warning: contains link to graphic video on sexual assault.
A new parody video has been making the rounds on the global interwebs this past week: "It's Your Fault" is an extremely sarcastic response to the culture of victim-blaming and patriarchy that colors people's reactions to sexual assault.
Starring Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin and television personality Juhi Pandey, "It's Your Fault" is an uncomfortable comedy video that isn't funny at all--perhaps because of the truth it tells about perceptions of rape. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jul 31, 2013
After spending a year at New Jersey’s most notorious party school and watching just about every episode of Gossip Girl, date rape drugs are a very real fear to me. No, I’m not trying to sound glib; it doesn’t matter if I’m having a beer with a female friend and Harvest Moon Brewery happens to be empty because, you know, it’s 11 am on a Tuesday. I am guarding that lipstick-stained glass like a hawk.
Enter Michael Abramson, a Boston attorney and the inventor of DrinkSavvy. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Jul 22, 2013
Trigger warning: Triggering language and discussion of rape to follow.
Last week I read news of another rape scandal hitting a big university. This time, however, it hit a little closer to home. My alma mater, The University of Colorado at Boulder, has come up in the news again. This time it isn't about weed on campus or Pac-12 football...This time it is about Title IX violation and covering up the culture of rape on the American College Campus.
I know that my experience of rape culture at an institution of higher learning isn't unique. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 21, 2013
Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has been all over the news this week because of their seemingly tacit endorsement of a particularly loathsome seduction book by pick-up artist Ken Hoinsky, AKA a sexual harrassment how-to.
Hoinsky’s known on Reddit – an infamous Internet community that raises eyebrows online for its consistent promotion of misogyny and violence – as user TofuTofu. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 14, 2013
Want to keep rape fantasies off the radio? Don't tell Tyler, the Creator, unless you're ready to be called a "fucking whore dyke."
That's the message he's broadcasting to the world lately. After an Australian woman named Talitha Stone criticized the rapper for rhyming about his hateful, necrophilia-inspired rape fantasies, Tyler and a slew of his fans verbally attacked and threatened her.
Tyler then called her out during an (all-ages!) performance saying, “Fucking bitch, I wish she could hear me call her a bitch, too, fucking whore. Yeah, I got a sold-out show right now bitch. Read More
Dean Saxton, a junior at University of Arizona, sparked controversy on Tuesday when he spoke against women while holding a sign stating, “You Deserve Rape.” According to Saxton, women are responsible for their rapes because of how they dress and act.
Planned the same night as University of Arizona’s “Take Back the Night," an event protesting sexual violence, Saxton stated that his protest was meant to convey that “if you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped. Read More